The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i, a new shopping destination in Kapolei, O'ahu, is presented by the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) and the Ke Kula Mele Hawai'i School of Hawaiian Music. The festival brings together legendary steel guitarists for a celebration of the Hawaiian Steel Guitar. The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festivals are presented at venues that target local communities. The Ka Makani Ali'i festival serves the cities and communities of O'ahu's Leeward coast.
The Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali'i is the fifth in a series of Hawaiian Steel Guitar festivals produced and presented by the Hawaii Institute for Music Enrichment and Learning Experiences (HIMELE) and the Ke Kula Mele Hawai'i School of Hawaiian Music. The Hawaiian festivals are made possible in collaboration with the Windward Mall, Ka Makani Ali'i, and Kahala Mall shopping centers. The flagship Maui Steel Guitar Festival is held in the spring on Maui in collaboration with the Arts Education for Children Group (AECG) and the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel. The Kaua'i Steel Guitar Festival is held each February at the Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach (Kapa'a). Waikiki Steel Guitar Week is held in July at the Royal Grove Stage and sponsored by the Royal Hawaiian Center. The annual Hawaii Island Steel Guitar Festival is held in the fall in collaboration with the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows. Festivals are presented to increase awareness and foster interest in the Hawaiian Steel Guitar, an instrument important to Hawaiian music and culture.
All these festivals are free and open to the public and made possible through grants and donations from corporate sponsors and private individuals, supplemented by in-kind contributions and volunteer resources. Please visit HIMELE's website to see how you can help support our festivals.